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Insight: Ballet glossary - arm positions

Romany Pajdak, Royal Ballet First Artist, demonstrates arm positions. Ballet uses strictly defined positions through which most arm movements travel. There are five basic positions: first, second, third, fourth, fifth.Read more: http://www.roh.org.uk/discover/ballet/glossary.aspxFirst position: Both arms are held out in front of the body at approximately80 degrees, maintaining rounded elbows and an oval shape, sloping down a little from the shoulders.Second position: Both arms are held out to the sides to form a strong horizontal,but with a slight slope downwards from shoulders to wrist.Third position: One arm is held forward in first position, the other is held to theside in second position.Fourth position: One arm is held to the side in second position, the other is raisedup, slightly in front of the head.Fifth position: Both arms are raised up high almost vertically, but held slightlyforward of the head.
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